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Citizenship blog

Citizenship after Trump

The advent of the Trump Administration has obviously disrupted immigration policy in the United States. We are in for a wild and (if the first months are any guide) scary ride through the next four years, more so with respect to immigration than perhaps any other policy sphere. Although Trump’s unpredictability and lack of core ideological principle supply some slight possibility of immigration reform on a Nixon-in-China model, the early returns are not promising. 


Loss of Dutch nationality ex lege: EU law, gender and multiple nationality

On 19 April 2017, the Dutch Council of State made a reference to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) concerning the compatibility with EU law of the provisions of the Dutch Nationality Act (DNA) that regulate automatic loss of Dutch nationality in case of dual nationals habitually resident abroad for more than ten years.  In this note we highlight the EU law, gender and dual nationality aspects of the case. 


Theresa May’s Other Citizens of Nowhere

British Prime Minister Theresa May has, of her own volition, stripped her Conservative Party of its governing parliamentary majority by calling an early election. If she stays on as prime minister, she will also strip British citizens of the political and economic rights conferred by membership in the European Union. But May’s habit of stripping away people’s rights and powers is not new: for years, she has been normalizing the practice of stripping certain Britons of their citizenship altogether, even at the risk of rendering them stateless “citizens of nowhere.”


Amendments to the Canadian Citizenship Act. The short life of reactive expatriation under Canadian Citizenship Law

On June 19, Bill C-6, a long-awaited piece of legislation introduced shortly after the Liberals won the Canadian Elections in 2015, received Royal Assent and entered into force. It reverts some of the most controversial changes introduced to the Canadian Citizenship Act 1981 by the former Conservative Government in 2014.


There’s more to European citizenship than free movement

When freedom of movement was written into the Treaties, the hope was that citizens would become more mobile and, in turn, more European. But instead of uniting Europeans, free movement has become politically divisive.

 In the sovereign debt crisis, strongly diverging interests emerged between creditor and debtor states. In the refugee crisis, we have seen similarly deep divides between frontline, transit, destination and bystander countries...